Melbourne is two wins away from ending the AFL’s longest premiership drought after holding off Brisbane to win their Adelaide Oval qualifying final by 33 points.
A dominant second quarter saw the Demons take control of the contest, but they were never able to make the scoreboard reflect the run of play, leading by five goals at most.
With an ugly injury to Daniel McStay and Eric Hipwood’s continued absence hurting the Lions’ forward structure, they were rarely able to take marks inside 50, leaving it up to Charlie Cameron (five goals) to inspire his side.
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But with Bayley Fritsch (four goals) firing up the other end and Melbourne’s All-Australian-filled midfield proving powerful throughout the night, they were able to hold Brisbane at arm’s…